As previously announced on 30 November 2017, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) confirms that Richard Moriarty today (24 May 2018) becomes its new Chief Executive.  

Paul Smith, joined the CAA on Monday 21 May 2018 as its new Group Director Consumers and Markets.  

Commenting on Richard's appointment, Dame Deirdre Hutton, Chair of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: “Richard is an extraordinarily able leader and we are very pleased to confirm his appointment to the Chief Executive role.  

“During two distinct periods working at the CAA, Richard has increasingly shown just what an able leader he is, perhaps no more so than during the time when Monarch Airways went into administration.  

“We very much look forward to working with Richard and Paul in their new roles.” 


Richard Moriarty profile

Richard re-joined the UK Civil Aviation Authority in 2016 as Group Director of Consumers and Markets and Deputy Chief Executive. Prior to joining he was the Chief Executive at the Legal Services Board, which oversees the legal profession in England and Wales. 

He has also held a number of senior public and private sector roles including, Affinity Water, the Social Housing Regulator, the Postal Services Commission and the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets.

Paul Smith profile 

An economist by trade, Paul has a strong track record in economic regulation in both Britain and Australia. He has held various roles at Ofgas (later Ofgem), including as Head of Market Surveillance, before moving to become Deputy Director of Price Control at the postal service regulator, Postcomm (now Ofcom). 

Most recently Paul was Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) having been promoted from the position of Senior Director, Strategy and Economic Analysis. 

He also spent four years as Principal of Cambridge Economic Policy Associates, which provides economic and financial consultancy services.